CAST & CREATIVE
FOR THE EDINBURGH FRINGE 2019 PRODUCTION IN ERMINTRUDE, UNDERBELLY, WITH PREVIEWS AT THE HOPE MILL THEATRE, MANCHESTER; JUL-AUG 2019; AND AS PART OF THE TAKEOVER FESTIVAL AT YORK THEATRE ROYAL; OCT 2019.
YOU AND I WAS SELECTED FOR PRESENTATION AT BEAM2020 INDUSTRY SHOWCASE, CO-PRODUCED BY MUSICAL THEATRE NETWORK AND MERCURY MUSICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN PARTNERSHIPS WITH ROYAL AND DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON.
Fran - Lindsay Manion
Originally from Northumberland, Lindsay graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2018, having studied English Literature. She has performed throughout her school and university career in a variety of roles, in shows such as Grease, Wuthering Heights, Edges and Spring Awakening. She has been involved with numerous Colla Voce productions, including Buried which granted opportunities to perform around the world. Lindsay can't wait to take You And I to her third Edinburgh Fringe Festival in a row! She loves McFly, grape juice, and has a talent for poaching eggs.
Robert - Laurence Hunt
Born in Suffolk, Laurence graduated from the University of Sheffield last year. He was involved with several shows during his academic tenure, where he worked both with the University Theatre Company on new writing projects and directed a production of Journey’s End. Laurence was one of the multi-roles in Buried, performing in the show since its inception. Laurence is delighted to perform again at the Edinburgh Fringe with Colla Voce Theatre for the third time.
Ian - Will Taylor
Will spent most of his time at Sheffield University bunking politics lectures and frolicking about on stage in his ongoing quest for validation. Whilst at university Will worked extensively with Lung Theatre Company, performing in the national tours of The 56 and E15 in association with Battersea Arts Centre. He has since performed in the Torch Theatre’s productions of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Pinocchio, Wonder Girl (Ovalhouse), Dear Hunter Theatre’s The Iconoclasts (NSDF/New Diorama/Greenwich Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (The Dell at the RSC), Paperfinch Theatre’s The Nutcracker, (Bank Street Arts), Joe Bunce’s Alphabet (Camden People’s Theatre/Theatre Delicatessen), Bunce & Malone’s Departures (NSDF, Pleasance Theatre), Jellyfish Theatre’s The Jungle Book, Animal Farm and Dracula (Tabard Theatre/Teatro Sala Umberto), and he has just returned from the national tour of Big Wooden Horse’s stage adaptation of Aliens Love Underpants. Will was listed in British Theatre’s Critic’s Choice Top Picks for 2018 for his solo performance of Private Peaceful at Frinton Rep, and has just finished recording Body Tourists and Renaissance Man for BBC Radio 4. This will be Will’s fifth Edinburgh Fringe run but his first with his friends at Colla Voce, and he’s chuffed to be a part of such a lovely company and excited for what will be yet another weird and wonderful month.
Multi-Role - Cara Withers
Since graduating from Goldsmiths University in 2016, Cara has been cycling her way around London in search of good food and coffee! When's she's not eating, Cara loves creating and being a part of new theatre and has recently been touring with Silent Faces Theatre in their show, A Clown Show About Rain (London, Manchester and Edinburgh). Other credits include: Sleepwalkers (The Bunker Theatre and Edinburgh), Losing The Night (Rehearsed Reading, The Roundhouse), The Graffiti Bunkers (Free Word Centre), Party Skills For The End Of The World (Shoreditch Town Hall). She's one big clown, who's very excited to be joining Colla Voce for the first time in You And I.
Multi-Role - Martha Furnival
Martha recently graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. During her three years the productions she was in included Spring Awakening, The Glass Menagerie and The Wolves. Playing the multi-role part in this production is a really exciting challenge for Martha and to be returning to the Fringe is an absolute dream. Other skills include yoga, cooking and playing the spoons (shout out to Martha’s Dad for teaching her). Martha is so excited to be in You And I as her first job out of drama school and to be a part of such a wonderful company.
Viola, Guitar & Co-Orchestrator - Fraser Frengley
Fraser recently graduated from the University of Sheffield after having studied Music over the past three years, and has both performed and composed music for a variety of different projects ranging from original film and theatre scores in addition to producing and mixing records for artists and bands from across the country. Most recently, Fraser has composed original music for a sell-out production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in London with the Play On Theatre, as well as the company’s most recent production of As You Like It. Having previously performed as a member of the band for William and O’Driscoll’s multi-award winning musical Buried over the last two years, You And I is Fraser’s second project with Colla Voce Theatre.
Bass Guitar & Co-Orchestrator - Ben Evans
Having graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2017 with a degree in music, Ben spent a lot of time performing in numerous musicals and musical projects, both in and outside of University. Ranging from work playing forgotten musicals with the Sheffield University Broadway Orchestra to playing in new musical Departures by Bunce and Malone at the Pleasance Theatre in London, Ben has a wide range of musical playing under his belt. He has been involved with Colla Voce from its very first show, its production of The Last Five Years in 2016, up until the companies last two runs of Buried: A New Musical at the Edinburgh Fringe. As well as working on musicals, Ben also plays and records in numerous bands around Sheffield and Nottingham, ranging from jazz to classical music and everything in between. He has recently been performing and recording with local artists Sam Beeton and Tori Sheard and is also recording with his group Life Aquatic Band, based in Sheffield.
Writer - Tom Williams
Having graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2017 with a psychology degree, Tom also performed in various shows for the University, and acts with Sheffield based group Dear Hunter Theatre. After co-founding Colla Voce Theatre, he began directing, starting with Colla Voce Theatre’s sellout production of The Last Five Years, then turned his attention to writing, beginning his collaboration with Cordelia in early 2017. Buried was their first full-length piece of musical theatre, and it received The National Student Drama Festival’s Edinburgh Award, with British Theatre calling his book ‘perversely charming and entertaining’. Since leaving university, Tom has co-directed two one-man comedy shows at the Edinburgh Fringe (An Evening With Captain ‘The Butcher’ Reality, Table For One), assisted as a musical director on the Playground Theatre’s The Paradise Circus, and co-founded the annual Redgrave Shakesbeer Festival whilst co-directing it’s opening show, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. You And I is Tom and Cordelia’s newest piece of musical theatre, and their first collaboration with award-winning director Elin Schofield.
Associate Producer - Calum Black
Calum is a recent graduate from the University of Sheffield, where he studied French and German, whilst minoring in Dutch and Luxembourgish. He has been a part of Colla Voce for over three years now, having accompanied them twice before to Edinburgh as part of the production team for Buried. He is looking forward to spending time in his favourite city and carrying out his favourite Fringe traditions: visiting his Scottish family, seeing loads of new theatre with his friends and gaining half a stone.
Production Manager & Stage Manager - Jasmin Davies
Jasmin is an award-winning Stage Manager, experienced in Musical, Immersive and Community Theatre. She joined the Colla Voce team as Productions Manager in 2016 where she endeavours to continue making work that challenges social norms and champions the underrepresented. A regular at the National Student Drama Festival, she was awarded The Sunday Times Award for Outstanding Contribution to Technical Theatre for her commitment as a student, and she now returns in a teaching capacity. Jasmin’s stage management credits include Murder For Two (UK Tour, The Other Palace, The Watermill), and Vikki Stone & Katie Mulgrew’s Southbound: A Musical Comedy (The Other Palace), both for Paul Taylor-Mills; Mapping Brent Festival (Kiln Theatre); Beautiful Octopus Club (Southbank Centre); The Crucible Theatre’s Young Company and Launchpad projects; Les Enfants Terribles’ Inside Pussy Riot (Saatchi Gallery); Paperfinch Theatre’s The Nutcracker (Bank Street Arts); and, armed with more stationery than she would care to admit, working with the inmates of Dartmoor Prison to put on Guys & Dolls. Having worked on several Edinburgh shows, including Buried, she is excited to be bringing You And I and Table For One, along with DugOut Theatre & Ed MacArthur’s Humoresque, to the Fringe this year.
Producer - Jack Robertson
Jack is a multi award winning Producer and the co-founder of Colla Voce Theatre, most recently working for Jamie Wilson Productions on the Gloria Estefan musical On Your Feet! (London Coliseum), Nativity! The Musical (Hammersmith Apollo), White Christmas (Dominion Theatre), and for Sonia Friedman Productions. Recently, Jack produced the Cameron Mackintosh Award 2018 winning Buried and took the show to The International Musical Theatre Festival in Brno, Czech Republic. He has also worked on Bunce and Malone’s Departures: A Song Cycle (Pleasance Theatre) and Dear Hunter Theatre’s The Iconoclasts (Greenwich Theatre). This summer, alongside working as a Production Assistant for Underbelly, he is incredibly excited to be producing another brand new musical. This will be Jack’s fourth Edinburgh Fringe run, and he can’t wait for what is always his favourite month of the year. He has an unhealthy obsession with John Mayer.
Director - Elin Schofield
Elin is a director and facilitator based in Sheffield. She is also the company director of small-scale touring company, Footprint Theatre. For the last two years, she was the Young Company Director at Sheffield Theatres and has previously directed work at the Royal Exchange, New Diorama, HOME and Theatre503, among others. Recently, Elin won the Bill Cashmore Award with her long-time collaborator and as a result, is under commission by the Lyric Hammersmith to create a new show opening there in 2020. Elin is obsessed with new writing so is very excited to delve into the world of new musicals. She is also partial to coffee, dogs and ballroom dancing. Her name spelt backwards is Nile, like the river.
Composer & Musical Director - Cordelia O'Driscoll
Cordelia graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2017, having been heavily involved in Sheffield’s theatre and music scenes during her degree. Cordelia has both produced and performed in many shows alongside honing her skills as a singer-songwriter, garnering over 250,000 plays online. Cordelia’s first musical theatre score, Buried, has received wide acclaim, from sell-out runs at the 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh Fringe to an Off-Broadway premiere this July with the New York Musical Festival. She won the Cameron Mackintosh Award at the 2018 Sunday Times National Student Drama Festival for Buried’s original score, with the The Stage calling the songs ‘some of the best you will possibly hear in Edinburgh’. She has also collaborated with Action to the Word on their new Oedipus adaptation The Theban Motherf*cker, and with the National Trust on their Women and Power audio exhibition, alongside writing new musical You And I with Tom Williams that will premiere at The Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester this July before a month long run at Underbelly at 2019’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Lighting Designer & Assistant Stage
Manager - Dan Mace
Dan has been part of Colla Voce Theatre since its inception, working on The Last Five Years as Co-Director. In 2017 he directed and co-devised Colla Voce's Miscast. For the initial run of Buried in 2017, he cut his teeth in the tech box, as Lighting Op and as an ASM. He then designed the show's lights for the international tour to Brno, and is super excited to work on a brand new musical, facilitating Elin's vision. Dan also works in various colleges as part of the NCOP, where he encourages students to make informed decisions about higher education. This year, he began to bring this experience into his role as Outreach and Participation Co-Ordinator with Colla Voce, in their inaugural workshop for young people in Sheffield. In his spare time Dan is a keen Dungeon Master and loves to bring DnD to new players.
Costume Designer - Liberty Phillips
Born in Somerset, Liberty is studying at the Arts University Bournemouth, studying Costume and Performance Design. Specialising in Costume Supervision and Interpretation, Liberty has recently enjoyed costuming graduate shows such as The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and assistant directing AUB’s Theatre Ensemble devised show Lost and Found. Taking a re-use and re-cycle approach to costume, and theatre in general, Liberty hopes that the world of costume can become a more environmentally sustainable endeavour. When she is not making costume, Liberty enjoys tap dance, films and DIY. Liberty is really excited to be working with Colla Voce.
Sound Engineer - Hugh Francis
Hope Mill, Edinburgh Fringe, York Theatre Royal 2019
Hugh graduated from the University of Sheffield, having spent most of his time Sound Engineering alongside a variety of artists including Jess Glynne, Submotion Orchestra and Holy Holy. He made his theatre debut as an engineer for Dear Hunter's The Iconoclasts, subsequently joining Colla Voce Theatre's Buried for the 2017 & 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival as well as supporting them on their 2018 Pleasance Theatre run and 2019 Brno Tour. In his spare time Hugh enjoys running and climbing as well as producing and mixing music, having produced a live performance recording of Buried.
Multi-Role - Gabrielle Nellis-Pain
York Theatre Royal2019
Gabrielle is a London based actor with training from RADA, NYT and The Actors Class.
Theatre Credits include: Poole, Jekyll & Hyde (Birmingham Old Rep, Yvonne Arnaud, Wimbledon Studios); Sophie, Captured (York Theatre Royal, Marlowe Theatre); Megan, The Voice Monologues (Soho Theatre); Trish, The Iconoclasts (HOME MCR, New Diorama, Greenwich Theatre); Naomi, Feel (Albany Theatre (Coventry), The Space Arts Centre); Adrianna, The Comedy of Errors (Underbelly (Edinburgh Fringe), Bristol Old Vic Theatre School); Nurse, Romeo & Juliet (Union Theatre); Hattie, The Glitterati (VAULT Festival); Mother, The Urban Fairytales (Old Red Lion); Isabella, Measure for Measure (RADA); Danny, The Forum (RADA); Rachel in 13 (RADA).
Gabrielle is the artistic director of Far Cry Theatre Company who are soon to be associate artists of the Lion & Unicorn Theatre (2020). She is currently on the WoLab actor/writer programme and has had her writing performed at theatres including the Arcola and Redgates.
Assistant Producer - Katy Galloway
Edinburgh Fringe 2019
Katy is currently in her final year of studying at The University of Edinburgh. Whilst at university she has been heavily involved in the student theatre scene with both musical theatre societies and Bedlam Theatre where she began producing, starting with the EUTC production of Travesties. She first produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018 with a production of a new farcical comedy, Number, Please which is returning to the Fringe in 2019. This Fringe Festival, she is working on a few different projects and, after seeing Buried last year, she is very excited to be involved in You And I!
Many thanks to everyone who has worked tirelessly on the show, to Emily Chooi for another fantastic publicity design and to Julia Gilbert and all the family, friends and colleagues who, as always, have provided invaluable advice.